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The goal of this grant is for students in our self-contained ASD (autism spectrum disorder) classrooms to learn the important skill of working independently on academic skills and concepts.

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Independent Practice in ASD

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Suzanne Bradford 
Students Impacted:
22 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
December 8, 2017

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $520.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 12

The Versa Tile kits were used by the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in our self-contained autism (ASD) classrooms.  We purchased the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade kits to use with our younger students however the materials were too advanced for the students to used independently as originally planned. We were able to use the kits for independent practice and morning work with the older students.  The students were motivated to use the system independently and their time on task increased when compared to reading independently or completing paper/pencil tasks.  The purchased kits could be used during small group teacher directed instruction with the younger students and this will be explored next school year. We would like to purchase the pre-k/k kits next year for independent use by the younger students in our self-contained ASD classrooms.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this grant is for students in our self-contained ASD (autism spectrum disorder) classrooms to learn the important skill of working independently on academic skills and concepts.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be taught how to use the Versa Tile answer case one-on-one by the behavior specialist. Once proficient in using the answer case, students will be assigned literacy and math activities based on their current independent practice levels.
Each ASD classroom will be given 4 versa tile answer cases and 4 boogie boards which will be used by the students to reinforce academic skills and concepts during the reading block and math block rotations. 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will...
1.) learn to work independently on targeted academic tasks
2.) be motivated by the engaging puzzle format
3.) get needed practice of important foundational academic skills and concepts
4.) be able to get immediate feedback since the versa tile answer case is self checking

In addition, with students actively engaged in independent practice activities, the adults in the classroom will be able to facilitate instruction with their small groups during reading and math rotations. 

 

Describe the Students

The targeted students receive their education in one of our three self-contained ASD classrooms. Often students with autism have difficulty initiating tasks and completing independent work. 

 

Budget Narrative

Purchased items will be used in each ASD classroom during independent literacy and math centers. Many students in our ASD units do not like paper/pencil tasks however they are motivated to write on a boogie board. For this reason, boogie boards will be ordered for students to do computations during the math versa tile activities. All of the items in the versa tile kits and the boogie boards are non-consumable so they will be used with many students for many years to come.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Versa Tiles answer case (set of 8) $110.00
2 ETA versa tile kit (grade 1) Includes 6 Student Activity Books, 2 Answer Cases, and 1 Teacher Guide $70.00
3 ETA versa tile kit (grade 2) Includes 6 Student Activity Books, 2 Answer Cases, and 1 Teacher Guide $70.00
4 ETA versa tile kit (grade 3) Includes 6 Student Activity Books, 2 Answer Cases, and 1 Teacher Guide $70.00
5 Boogie Board (set of 10) (we currently have 2) $200.00
  Total: $520.00

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